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Black and White Pearl Bracelet

 I am on a jewelry making kick at the moment as I work through a few other projects that I have started.  I made this bracelet using black and white pearls and seed beads.  It can be very meditative, I hope you enjoy it.

Simple Feather Earrings

 Here you will find how to make these simple feather earrings. Feather earrings keep showing up everywhere, and while some folks don't like them, I know many that do.  If feather earrings are your thing, make some to wear, or to give to someone that would love them!

Tomahawk Lake

Sparta, New Jersey

This place has been on my "Places To Visit" list for a few years now.  I am so happy we finally made it here.  My kids are just the right age to enjoy all the waterslides there.  It is a wonderful water park to visit with family this summer!

Colonial Park

Somerset, New Jersey

What a great park this is!  It has so many things for kids and adults to do: a beautiful Rose Garden, an amazing playground, a fun game of mini-golf, paddle boats, a walking or biking path, and hiking trail. This park is not to be missed!

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

 Summit, New Jersey

This was a lovely place to visit.  We enjoyed a hike as a family, strolled through the gardens, and sat around for a while in a very nice meditative spot.

Free Or Almost Free Places To Visit With Family In NJ

 This is a list of free or very inexpensive places that are fun destinations to go to with kids and family.  Many of them we have been to, but some are on my bucket list for this summer.  All of the places are either with free admission, or offer free days, or have a very small entrance fee.   

Silk Flower Necklace

 See detailed step-by-step directions with pictures for every step for how to make these fabric flowers and turn them into a beautiful necklace.  There is an infinite amount of ways that you can make this necklace, plus you can take it above that and make many more things with these flowers!

Zimmerli Museum Of Art

 New Brunswick, New Jersey

This was grandpa's choice of a trip, and I am so glad that he made us all go.  It was such a lovely visit, and definitely worth a second or maybe even a thrid time!

IPlay America

 Freehold, New Jersey

This was my son's birthday destination this year.  My two boys and their fiends had a great time there. 

Recycled T-shirt Headband

Take a look at these great headbands made from colorful recycled t-shirts.  I love recycling t-shirts into crafts, and have explored many different ways to make t-shirt flowers.  So far this is my favorite way to do it.  Once I got the flowers down, I attached them to hair bands, pins, and more!  I also made a few easy bracelets from leftover fabric.  Take a look to see it all!

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Art Lessons 

Lots of art lessons for many mediums, step by step instructions with many pictures.

Craft Instructions

 Many different crafts and patterns: recycled crafts, some sewing, beading and more.

Art History For Kids

Art lessons for children based on artists throughout history, to help foster love of art!

1000 Photos Project

These are some of the photos that I take as I work on improving my photography.


Mosaics made by Valentin Kovalyov.  He is an amazing mosaic artist! 

My Art

 Some of the drawngs and paintings that I have made through the years.

Our Travels

We go on many trips in NY, NJ and PA.  Find them here, with photos, websites and direcations.


We read a lot!  Here are our book lists, favorites and most recent books that we have read.

Jewelry Tutorials

I often make jewelry as a way to relax and meditate.  Here are tutorials for handmade jewelry. 

 My Illustrations

Some of the illustration projects that I have worked on in the past few years.  

Random Musings

Sometimes my thoughts need their own category.  This page is a work in progress!

Awesome Links

Some interesting pages build by other wonderful people.